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Colorful by Eto Mori


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Colorful by Eto Mori
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Jul 20, 2021 | ISBN 9781640094420

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“It’s hard to overstate what a boon that Eto Mori’s Colorful, translated by Jocelyne Allen (Counterpoint, July 20), will be for English readers. It’s a coming-of-age narrative that’s bighearted and emotional, tender and hilarious, thoughtful and bursting with light.” —Bryan Washington, Vulture

“Powerful and moving . . . It’s honest and sincere, and it handles serious topics with gentle nuance and an occasional touch of humor . . . Jocelyne Allen’s translation of the original novel is equally fun and lively, with an especially good ear for the dialog of the teenage characters.” —Kathryn Hemmann, Contemporary Japanese Literature

“Nimbly translated . . . The novel has spawned films, anime, manga, and more. It’s also saved lives—undoubtedly storytelling’s superpower.” —Booklist

“Mori’s philosophically uplifting coming-of-age tale begins as a formless soul is intercepted by an angel, informed that they’ve done something that would ordinarily preclude reincarnation, and offered a second chance . . . Themes of gratitude and the acceptance—and even celebration—of human imperfections guide the soul’s journey back to itself as it learns the value of, among other things, recognizing one’s parents as complicated, flawed individuals. Mori’s novel is both life-affirming and, in Allen’s translation, quietly funny, offering readers a timeless perspective on human connections.” —Publishers Weekly

“Naoki Prize winner Mori tackles a fraught topic with empathy, humor, and grace. The soul’s wry narration keeps the tone light while the simple yet powerful plot beautifully illustrates the impact that perspective can have on one’s mental health. An uplifting tale about the kaleidoscopic nature of the human soul.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Mori’s award-winning novel will inspire and engage teens to look at their life from a new perspective . . . A good addition to any collection.” —School Library Journal

“In this welcome and timely translation, American readers meet Makoto, a modern-day Holden Caulfield who has had it with academic pressure, social rejection, and family expectations. His page-turning adventures are both caustic and tender, and entirely real, and his journey teaches that even if we’re kind of a mess, we’re still doing our best and that’s what matters. Colorful is ultimately an outstretched hand to young adults. It delivers the most craved-for reassurance: you’re okay, and you are not alone.” ––Julie Lythcott-Haims, New York Times bestselling author of How to Raise an Adult

“Eto Mori’s Colorful is ingenious, funny, and offers razor-keen insights into adult lives. It will captivate English language readers as it has millions of Japanese.” ––Katherine Govier, author of The Printmaker’s Daughter and The Ghost Brush

“Unlike anything I’ve ever read before, Colorful is a fresh and bold story that asks big and important questions about death, mental health, and most importantly, what it means to truly live. Makoto is a singular character whose struggles will be deeply relatable to many young people. A truly special novel.” ––Jasmine Warga, Newbery Honor award-winning author of Other Words for Home and My Heart and Other Black Holes

“Certain books, you know the ones, get under your skin. I was extraordinarily moved by Eto Mori’s Colorful. It was as if Makoto was speaking directly into my own ear in the dark. This intimate, brave novel has already been read by millions in Japan. It cries out to be read by millions more.” ––Peter Orner, author of Maggie Brown & Others 

“Through Jocelyne Allen’s translation of the Japanese classic Colorful, author Eto Mori invites a new generation of readers to view the coming-of-age experience, though rife with travails, with heart and good humor. Whether in Japan or the United States, readers will find space in these pages to laugh, reflect––and keep breathing.” —Kit Frick, author of See All The Stars & I Killed Zoe Spanos

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